Every Worker Needs Paid Sick Leave

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We are all facing the COVID-19 crisis together.

Yet, we don’t all have the same rights.

In fact, across Canada, some workers can access paid sick leave and others cannot. This is wrong.

Join us in calling on our elected representatives to fix this now.


The federal government has reacted to this pandemic. It has introduced various measures to support workers who need it most, including:

  • EI Emergency Care Benefit: Available to those who are sick and have to quarantine or self-isolate. The amount distributed will be comparable to EI.
  • COVID-19 Emergency Support Benefit: Available to those who have faced layoff, including those who are self-employed.
  • One-time boost to the Canada Child Benefit.
  • One-time top-up payment to low-income individuals and families through the GST credit.

This is a good start. But workers need more. Stay tuned for more actions in the days and weeks to come.


Hassan Yussuff, President

Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of Canada’s unions
Standing up for workers and their families

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